I think I am finally heading towards the end of my Christmas projects! Phew. Nothing like stretching them out until right up to the mailing deadline. I thought I would share some more before and afters. I never remember to take photos while I am in the process, so I don't see too many tutorials coming from me in the future. Oh well. I am happy to answer any questions though.
I guess I'll start with the ornaments. I started with a paper mache ornament form from Hobby Lobby, and sculpted a Santa face with using Claycrete (papier mache or paper pulp). After it dried for a couple of days, I painted and glittered away. Here are the two I completed:
I also worked with paper and Styrofoam cones to make a full-sized Santas. They take forever to dry, but the finishing process is pretty simple. I like to use the small bottles of acrylic paint (whichever is on sale) for the detail work, and I typically seal them with a water-based satin varnish for durability and a slight shine. I worked with more glitter than usual this year (Martha Stewart brand except for the tree Santa). I now have glitter EVERYWHERE!
I had hoped to get more done, but I found it really hard to work around our two rowdy dogs. I tend to wind up working at either the dining room table or the coffee table (which is right at tail-swiping level). Not ideal for sure. I have got to come up with a better craft space solution! Maybe for next year, eh?
Now I just need to get my entire house decorated and finish my shopping. No pressure, no pressure at all.
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